Gansevoort Elementary School - Rome, NY

by Ivan Levin
Activity Type: Other
Region: Northeast

The bike-share program will provide youth, visitors, boaters, and the local community with bikes that can be used at no cost on new trails.

$25,000 Raised out of $25,000
1 Funders
0 Days Remaining

Please describe your project in more detail.

The City of Rome’s recent completions of the highly successful Mohawk River Trail and a new section of the Erie Canalway bike trail offer a tremendous opportunity for the park to connect with visitors through active ranger-led programs. The bike-share program will provide youth, visitors, boaters, and the local community with bikes that can be used at no cost – opening trails that are rich with history to users that may not be able to afford a bike or don’t have the luxury of traveling with their bikes. The bike share project perfectly aligns with park efforts to: expand the ways in which visitors connect with park resources; provide unique recreational opportunities in an urban environment; and expand the park’s reach outside of the fort’s boundaries.  In addition, the project ties into planning efforts underway by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and Fort Stanwix to establish the Mohawk Valley water trail. This is an innovative project that takes the bike-share concept outside of its traditional purpose of transportation and can serve as a model for other urban NPS sites. The program also supports current efforts the City of Rome has taken with community and tourism partners to establish the Rome area as a premiere destination for “soft adventures” and create economic opportunities for outfitters along newly established water and bike trails.

How many kids (grades K-8) will be directly engaged in this project?

300

What is the name or school district associated with the project?

Gansevoort Elementary School